2019-09-05 - Let's make the run great again!

randy woodstock2We run to give ourselves the personal time we all need. We run to unplug, reboot and erase some of the built up stress of life, getting it back to a manageable level. We run to nurture ourselves. So, how is it that with a long fall race coming up, we find ourselves stressing over aspects of our running? Things like our pace, missing a workout on our schedule for a good reason or no good reason, or disappointment at not running a goal time. Perhaps when we find ourselves stressing over the run it might help to remember the reasons we run. The run is what we do for enjoyment, and when this is not the case, let's try to take ourselves a little less serious, getting our minds back to a time where getting out for a run once a week was a joy, when we were proud of ourselves for running any distance at any pace. The only thing to take seriously about the run is the fun, we can let the rest go. That said, if you plan on making the Olympic trials, ignore what I just said.  
 
Let's make the run great again,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who constantly reminds myself, especially an hour in and the sun is not yet up, this is what I do for fun!
 

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!

2019-08-19 - Proud to be a runner

randy freepI was following a vanity plate with RUNRMOM and had to smile, it's a big message in a few small letters. If we had to describe ourselves, where in the description would "runner" show up? Off the cuff I'd say... I'm a husband, father, business owner, runner, wine snob, closet triathlete and old hippie at heart. If I gave it a lot of thought, whatever the order, I would proudly use the term runner. That said, I can't think of a reason not to describe ourselves as runners, an important part of our day that adds to our mental and physical heath, something we'd love to share and role model to the world ... As we will with today's run!
 
Run proud and loud,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who upon reflection is a husband (still married to my high school sweetheart, running partner and love of my life), father of two kids I could not be more proud of and ... A runner.

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!

2019-08-14 - Run time = Me time

randy freepIn this social world where so much is shared, the refreshing reality is that our runs are, for the most part, time alone with ourselves and our thoughts.  Yes, we may run socially with a group or a friend and will line up at a race to test ourselves with others but most of our daily runs are much needed "me" time. Daily runs give us the chance to recharge and blank out the busy world, a world that won't let up on us so it is our duty to carve out the time to run and bring what's important into focus. We will quietly slip back into our busy lives like a reset cell phone, working fast and efficiently and leaving us far more productive than if we skipped the run and let the world chew us to pieces.

 
Don't miss a step,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with so many reasons to be one.

P.S.: Escape your "real" life and set your soul free at Run Woodstock! Join us for 1, 2 or 3 days of PEACE, MUSIC & TRAIL RUNNING at Hell Creek Ranch in Pinckney, MI. September 6, 7 & 8 - REGISTER NOW!

2019-08-07 - Worry-free running

randy flowersSure it's great to line up for a race well trained and optimistic but with it comes with the pressure of expectation. On the flip side, when you line up for a race that you are totally unprepared for, knowing you will perhaps walk more than run, and it will be far from your potential, the stress is off! Low expectations allow for a different kind of adventure, one that can be as fun as a personal best effort and will still leave you with a story to tell! That said, if you are not signed up for Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M or Half Marathon, join us for an adventure that might take a while but is guaranteed to end well... In one of SE Michigan's hidden gems, Sandhill Crane Vineyards... You guessed it - Between the Vines! We'll be there with live music, wine, chocolate, cheese and other food pairings, ready to hear your story, a story that might include how I tricked you into it! August 17th, no time to prepare so no worries, just sign up! http://runvines.com/
 
Run spontaneously and live it up!
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, about to run the Traverse City, 70.3 Ironman event ... untrained and looking forward to a day where my only worry will be missing happy hour and having to pay full price for a celebration round!

2019-08-01 - The perfect you

randy freepIt is ALWAYS a mistake to compare our running with anyone else's. Our genetics, our individual health background, past injuries, family and business situations and so much more goes into who we are and what we are capable of. For some, completing a 5K, might be a far greater accomplishment than another runner finishing a marathon. Only we know what we have overcome or how difficult it was for us to get to that starting line, we have no idea what others have done to get to their starting line. So, the next time we read a social media post about someone doing a 30 mile training run to prepare for their next 100 mile race, or someone who just ran 4 miles without stopping, let's respond with the thumbs up that they both deserve!
 
May today's run get you closer to the perfect you,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, proud of every runner I see out there doing the work.

PS: TWO WEEKS until we run between the vines! Join us for a beautiful run from Sandhill Crane Vineyards at Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M, & 13.1M on August 17th! Running, cheese, chocolate... and wine!
PS: Last chance for the early bird price! Join us at the Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and Cider Mill Mile on October 12, 2019 for a fall day in the orchards in Ypsilanti, MI. Costumes, cider, donuts... SIGN ME UP

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